Twenty year old Lucia Chiara Carpanini from Blackwood is a proud alumnus of Coleg y Cymoedd. From a young age Lucia had a passion for playing sports and when she left school she found that the college offered the perfect course.
The Level 3 BTEC in Sport was the ideal choice as it provided the flexibility for Lucia to train alongside her studies and gain the qualifications she required to progress to Higher Education.
The college boasts first class training facilities plus the support network of excellent coaches and tutors; many coming from professional sporting backgrounds. Eager to be part of the Women’s Football Academy Programme, which was well established at the college, the staff ensured Lucia’s studies did not suffer as they understood the pressure of elite sport and when she was on International Camps, they provided assignments etc., ensuring she kept up on her academic work.
The course gave Lucia a solid knowledge base from which to build upon and the confidence to apply to university. On completion of her course at Cymoedd Lucia enrolled on the B.Sc. Strength and Conditioning course at University of South Wales and graduates this year.
With her academic studies completed Lucia set about following her passion and secured employment as a Strength and Conditioning coach with the FAW Female Youth Academy.
Keen to help the next generation improve their physical development Lucia has also set up a successful Personal Training business ‘Limitless Fitness’ in Newbridge, Caerphilly. Her business encourages all ages and abilities to improve fitness, health and well –being and offers sport specific training.
Speaking about her time studying at Cymoedd, Lucia said “Not only did the course open my eyes to the possible jobs available within the sporting industry, but it also gave me the foundation and drive I needed to actually pursue my goal.
I would definitely recommend the college, I made friends for life and have so many unforgettable memories, which will stay with me for life. It was an amazing opportunity to play football at a high level alongside full-time education. I started off playing football at an elite level and now I’m a strength and conditioning coach at the same level – it is a dream come true”.
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